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QUICK FACTS

  • HPRWA SCORE -2
  • SYNONYMS
  • ELEVATION RANGE Low|Mid
  • FAMILY Poaceae
  • PLANT TYPE Large shrub-small tree
  • WATER REQUIRMENTS Requires regular water
  • SOIL REQUIRMENTS Tolerates many soil types
  • SUN EXPOSURE Full Sun
  • SALT TOLERANCE Unknown
  • DRAINAGE REQUIRED No special drainage required
  • PROPAGATION METHODS Seeds & Vegetative

Saccharum officinarum
(sugar cane, noble cane, ikshu, khanda, sarkara (sanskrit), pundia, paunda (hindi), poovan karumbu (tamil), Ko)

Introduced to Hawai`i by the Polynesians, sugar cane is a grass with hard stems (stalks) and long blades. This plant can grow up to 15 ft tall. The stalks can range in color from a light yellow to dark red. It thrives in full sun and daily watering is recommended but not necessary. Sugar cane has many uses in Hawaiian culture, most importantly as a sweetener. The blades were also used for house-thatching when the more preferred pili grass was not available.

Plant Uses

  • Privacy-screening plant
  • Cultural significance
  • Edible

Dangers

None